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Dark Angels Note 168

Dearest Friends

Welcome back to our Friday Note – our weekly collection of writerly thoughts.



Today marks the birthday of Julia A. Moore (1 December 1847 – 5 June 1920).

Moore, according to Wikipedia, is “best known for writing notoriously bad poetry.”

However, this Poetaster published several books of verse, a short story, and a novella, and performed at the Grand Rapids Opera House with orchestral accompaniment (albeit to a jeering rather than cheering audience).

Moore was parodied in Huckleberry Finn as the character Emmeline Grangerford. Mark Twain observed that Moore had “the touch that makes an intentionally humorous episode pathetic and an intentionally pathetic one funny.”



Moore drew on her locality and current affairs for inspiration – an obituary or a cricket match could be committed to verse. It was her “cloying sincerity” that made her easy pickings for the satirists of the time.

Read more about The Poetaster on The Paris Review.



Look in your local news and find a human-interest story. Whether it lends itself to a little humour or a more sentimental touch, try re-telling it in verse.

We’d love to see what you come up with if you’d like to share.



Keep sending us any poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family. We love to read them.





Weekly Tuesday Gatherings

Join us again for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome – from the Dark Angels community and beyond. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance.


Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.

From everyone at Dark Angels



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